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ERIC Number: ED343387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Speaking of Grammars: Is Big Beautiful?
Svartvik, Jan
The author of the "Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language" responds to two areas of criticism of the textbook: its size and its intended audience. These aspects and the general construction of the book are discussed in relation to the information needs of the foreign language learner and in comparison with the information available in a dictionary. It is concluded that there is no one obvious or ideal method of presenting the grammar of any language, and that while a comprehensive grammar may be unnecessarily large even for most native speakers, it is useful to have a range of grammatical descriptions for teaching purposes. It is also agreed that the choice of text should be based on the needs of the language learner rather than based on the size of the reference. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language
Note: In: Equality in Language Learning. Proceedings of the Nordic Conference of Applied Linguistics (5th, Jyvaskyla, Finland, June 4-7, 1987); see FL 020 065.